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added on : March 2, 2020
Takanawa Gateway Station, the 30th station to join the Yamanote Line looping Tokyo, opens on March 14, 2020, just in time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. The new station is located between Shinagawa and Tamachi. To welcome Tokyo residents and visitors alike, Takanawa Gateway Fest will take place over a series of months, showcasing all that the new station has to offer.
Takanawa Gateway Station was designed by famed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who was also involved with the design for the National Stadium Japan. The overall design of the station draws on Japanese aesthetics. The angular membrane roof takes cues from origami—the art of paper folding.
The station has a variety of environmentally-friendly measures in place, such as the installation of solar panels and small wind turbines. The use of glass and high ceilings lets in a lot of natural light, lending the station a spacious and open ambiance. It's a welcome relief from crowded Japanese trains!
Takanawa Gateway Station also makes use of modern technology to create an improved station experience. An assortment of futuristic robots will staff the station on a trial basis: there are mobile security and cleaning robots, as well as mobility assistance robots, AI signage, and guide robots. In addition, ticket gates have been optimized with easy-to-touch IC card panels as well as QR code scanners. An unmanned convenience store, Touch To Go, makes use of AI technology and cashless payments.
To celebrate the opening of Takanawa Gateway Station, Takanawa Gateway Fest will be held in front of the station until early September. Representing an intersection between technology, art, mobility, music, food, sports, and local culture, Takanawa Gateway Fest's lineup includes digital art installations, an open-air food market, and a flower carpet event, and events where guests can learn about hydrogen energy and the latest in personal mobility.
Sports fans can take in a pro volleyball game, or even try out new sports like bocce or parkour. Whether you're just passing through the station, or want to take a full day to see what the area has to offer, drop by the Takanawa Gateway Fest to check out what's new.
|Address||2 Minato-minami, Minato City, Tokyo|
Late March 2020 through early September 2020
Varies by event; check website for details
|Closing days||Varies by event; check website for details|
Takanawa Gateway Station | JR lines
Sengakuji Station | A1 Exit | 2 min on foot
Keikyu Line | Asakusa Line
|Other||For updated information on opening hours, days closed, prices, and more, please check the official website.|
|URL||Takanawa Gateway Station, Takanawa Gateway Fest|